The best part of Valentine’s Day?

Posted on 02/15/2011

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Isn’t it the same for every holiday with kids?  CANDY

FYI for everyone:  Boycott those ridiculous valentine cards!  Save your money I say.  In our family, they just made it harder to get to the candy.  HAHAHAHAHA!

According to Reed, the more loaded with candy, the better the frosted sugar cookies.

In our family, the sugar cookie recipe from “A Century of Mormon Cookery”  Just the tastiest of all the recipes I have in my house (which is no less than 10).   We’ve been taste testing since last Christmas and yesterday cinched the deal.

Here’s the recipe.  ENJOY!

1 1/2 C sugar

1/2 lb butter

3 eggs

Blend sugar, butter and eggs.

1 tsp almond extract (or peppermint extract gives it a Christmas’y feel)

2 tsp vanilla (I almost always double the vanilla in ALL my recipes)

Stir in almond and vanilla.

4 1/2 C flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

Add dry ingredients.  Do not overmix.  Spread parchment paper on the table. Roll out dough between two sheets of parchment paper.  Don’t use flour.  We like thicker cookies that don’t cook up crispy.  About 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.  Put dough in fridge for at least 30 minutes.  Do not overhandle dough.  Put it back in the fridge if it gets too warm.  Cut with your favorite cookie cutters.  If you are painting them with egg white gloss do it before cooking.  For frosting, bake cookies at 350 degrees just until slightly browned.  10-11 minutes.  Cool completely before frosting.

I have not found a great frosting recipe so I buy canned frosting and color it to my hearts content.  We usually have more than 4 different shades of purple.  Decorate your cookies before the frosting dries so it grabs the candies better.

Have you painted sugar cookies before?  With an egg white wash?  SO FUN!

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